LeBron James Will Be NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition’s Cover Athlete (VIDEO)
LeBron James has been chosen as the cover athlete for NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition. The cover features an intensely determined LeBron and a selection of phrases specifically chosen by the four-time NBA MVP.
The NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition includes the following digital items:
- 100,000 Virtual Currency
- 50,000 MyTEAM points
- 20 MyTEAM League Packs (one per week)
- Sapphire LeBron James MyTEAM Card
- 10 MyTEAM Heat Check Packs (one per week beginning at the start of the NBA season)
- 5 LeBron-themed murals for MyCOURT
- LeBron MyCOURT design
- King’s Collection – Nike LeBron apparel and 25 pairs of footwear
Those who buy the physical copy will also receive a LeBron NBA 2K19 poster, an NBA 2K sticker sheet, and a custom wristband featuring LeBron’s chosen words. Both digital and physical versions of the 20th Anniversary Edition will cost $99.99, as opposed to $59.99 for the Standard Edition. In addition to all of the swag, Anniversary Edition players will receive the game on September 7th, four days prior to the release of the Standard Edition.
This marks the second time LeBron has been featured on a 2K cover, the previous being NBA 2K14. Only Hall of Famers Allen Iverson (five covers), Michael Jordan (three), and Shaquille O’Neal (three) have been featured more times. Previous cover athletes for NBA2K special editions include Jordan, O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant, placing LeBron in elite and well-deserved company.
It’s easy to forget that the 2K series used to be an underdog. When the first title released in 1999, EA’s NBA Live was a major success for five consecutive years. Competing head-to-head with an EA sports franchise usually meets a predictable end—anyone remember NFL2K?—but two decades later, 2K has not only survived but thrived. It has become the go-to NBA video game, selling over 9 million copies of NBA 2K18 alone despite a microtransaction controversy. As for NBA Live, the 2018 version has thus far failed to crack half a million sales, and the series could be facing the end of the road. If I were 2K Sports, I’d be more concerned about the potential NBA Jam remake.
Will you be buying the 20th Anniversary Edition of NBA2K19? (If so, you can preorder it right here!) If you’re a Cavs fan, are you nervous LeBron isn’t depicted wearing a Cleveland jersey? Who’s your pick for the Standard Edition cover? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter, where you should totally follow us!
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Drew is a freelance writer for DFTG. He's the former Managing Editor of Haogamers and has been published in the Chicago Tribune and The Paragon Journal. He also edited the novel Three Brightnesses and Artist Journey: Rachta Lin (2016 and 2017 editions).